Crusade: The Untold Story of the Persian Gulf War|
by Rick Atkinson (Author)
From Publishers Weekly
Atkinson ( The Long Gray Line ) here writes an engrossing account of the actions
and utterances of those who directed and fought in the Persian Gulf War. He also
provides a thorough analysis of diplomatic and political aspects of the
conflict. Rich in pertinent details, the powerful narrative leaps nimbly from
Washington to Riyadh, from Baghdad to Kuwait City, and to various battle sites
across the sands. Expectedly, the book's dominant personality is General H.
Norman Schwarzkopf, whose operatic rages are here shown to be an integral
element of his command style. Atkinson defends the much-maligned VII Corps
commander, Gen. Fred Franks, against Schwarzkopf's "unfair and unwarranted"
criticism. The basic tactical decisions are all here, but the author also
addresses the broader issues such as the true effectiveness of the air war, what
role the Vietnam War played in Desert Shield/Desert Storm ("For Norman
Schwarzkopf and his lieutenants, this war lasted not six weeks but twenty
years"), and passes judgment on the reality-testing of the U.S. Army AirLand
Battle doctrine. Photos. 75,000 first printing; first serial to the Washington
Post; History Book Club main selection; author tour.
From Library Journal
This interesting account of the 1991 Persian Gulf War by a Pulitzer
Prize-winning reporter features a number of original observations about the
conduct of the war. For example, Atkinson discloses that the Bush administration
allowed navy warships to fire cruise missiles covertly over Iran against Iraqi
targets. Among his other disclosures are the use of napalm and fuel air
explosives on Iraqi infantry positions and the suggestion by Air Force Brig.
Gen. Buster Glosson to use small nuclear weapons against Iraqi targets. Atkinson
is extremely critical of Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf's behavior. Although
Schwarzkopf is credited with being an accomplished military strategist, he is
portrayed as someone who abused and publicly denigrated his subordinates and who
appeared to be in a near-constant state of rage.
Paperback: 608 pages
Publisher: Mariner Books (October 19, 1994)